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sel2223 Sun 12-Jan-20 16:36:28

My OH is Turkish and we've trying to agree on a name for a little boy (we have a girls name already).

We want a Turkish name with no special characters that is easy to pronounce in both Turkish and English. Asian means 'lion' in Turkish and is also the name of the lion from the Chronicles of Narnia, which I love.

What do you think? Is it too 'out there'?

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sel2223 Sun 12-Jan-20 16:58:51

@MrsTerryPratchett I like it but it would be pronounced differently in both countries

English- Ray-F
Turkish - Rah-eef

I really want something pronounced the same in both places so he won't have issues in either country as he gets older x

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WhatsYourNumber Sun 12-Jan-20 17:00:19

I taught an Aslan a couple of years ago. I thought it was funny for about five minutes and then got over it.

sel2223 Sun 12-Jan-20 17:01:09

It's so hard. Aslan is the only name we can semi agree on but I'm not sold for all the reasons mentioned above!

We're trying to bridge the gap between 2 cultures here and 2 religions, no easy feat let me tell you 🙈🤣

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krustykittens Sun 12-Jan-20 17:02:25

Oooh, I like Kemal! Hayat is nice too. I wouldn't go for Aslan either, everyone outside the Turkish community is going to think of the LWW, which is a shame.

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 12-Jan-20 17:02:36

It never bothered me having my name pronounced differently in different places but I do understand why people don't like it. Even Danyal is pronounced slightly differently.

I can see little Rayf at school while grandma says Rah-ef grin

RebelWithVerySharpClaws Sun 12-Jan-20 17:04:04

Not unless he is a lion cub mate.

MerryMarigold Sun 12-Jan-20 17:05:49

I think it's nice. I did think of the lion from Narnia but would forget about that in 2 seconds. I teach kids and I have a Kyla and a Jaxon which are both names I would hmm in RL. But these two are so cute I forgot what I felt about the names after 2 seconds of knowing them.

emmathedilemma Sun 12-Jan-20 17:07:28

before I read your full text I thought Lion!

Sportsnight Sun 12-Jan-20 17:08:56

Tricky. I’d find the Narnia association weird (though I love the book). Would Ilias work? I came across it recently and really liked it.

sel2223 Sun 12-Jan-20 17:10:40

@sportsnight OH's brother is Ilias

What about Koray? It means ember moon (OH will probably hate it though)

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breakup Sun 12-Jan-20 17:11:28

Is there a Turkish version of Imre/Imran?

corcaithecat Sun 12-Jan-20 17:11:47

DH and I avidly watch the Turkish tv series Ertugrul so if I had another child, I’d want to name him Osman (or Turgut or Bamsi...)
Neither of us are Turkish but the plot and characters are brilliant so I could definitely see us using one of those names.

sel2223 Sun 12-Jan-20 17:12:40

@krustykittens I could probably live with kemal (although I don't love it) but Hayat sounds like something I'd say during a kung foo move 🤣🤣🤣 it means life.

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RunningOnMusic Sun 12-Jan-20 17:13:59

I am half Turkish..i'm not keen on Aslan

But how about Zeki, Cem/Jem, Deniz, Tim(ur)?

sel2223 Sun 12-Jan-20 17:14:50

@breakup Emre/Emrah are popular nanes

@corcaithecat really? That's funny! I've never seen it.

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maddy68 Sun 12-Jan-20 17:15:13

Just no , sorry!

Dinosaursdontgrowontrees Sun 12-Jan-20 17:15:48

I really like Aslan!
My daughter has Turkish twins in her class they are called Aidan and Kerim which are lovely and both work well in the uk. (No idea if either are Turkish names but lovely nevertheless)

sel2223 Sun 12-Jan-20 17:17:26

@runningonmusic can/cem etc are out as the c is pronounced differently and I don't want any special characters. Zeki I associate with someone I don't like very much and any name beginning with T is o it as OH's surname begins with T and I hate double letters if you know what I mean (which is a shame as I really like Teoman). Thanks for the suggestions though x

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Angie6868 Sun 12-Jan-20 17:19:21

I think it's dreadful

LiveintheNow Sun 12-Jan-20 17:22:58


sel2223 Sun 12-Jan-20 17:25:01

@Dinosaursdontgrowontrees cute! Aiden is spelt Aydın in Turkish with an 'i' with no dot and is pronounced slightly differently.
I like it though.
Kerim rhymes with the surname lol.

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Dio23489432489234 Sun 12-Jan-20 17:25:30

I like Aslan!

But then... I almost called my son Leo and strongly considered Nala for my daughter, so I must just really like lions grin

sel2223 Sun 12-Jan-20 17:25:48

@liveinthenow another of my suggestions that OH vetoed unfortunately 🙈

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NameChange30 Sun 12-Jan-20 17:26:20

Will your child have an English or Turkish surname, or both?

I would be inclined to "balance out" a Turkish surname with a more English first name (that still works in Turkish) and vice versa. You can also use an English first name and Turkish middle name or vice versa.

Personally I'm not a huge fan of Aslan but it is recognisable and easy to spell and pronounce so wouldn't be a hard no from me.

sel2223 Sun 12-Jan-20 17:27:33

@Dio23489432489234 haha! That made me laugh. I just realised this child is probably going to be born in the starsign Leo so maybe that's why we're being subconsciously drawn to lions 🤣

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